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Report: Nike Academy 1-2 Burnley U21s

8 April 2015

The Clarets’ development squad beat Nike Academy 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon at The FA Headquarters at St. George’s Park.

The Clarets fielded three trialists in the victory, with one grabbing the opener, before Nathan Lowe’s second half penalty sealed the win.

The six development squad players that started all did so in the knowledge that they had new contract offers on the table, with substitute Luke Daly the only player on show not to be handed a new deal.

And following a bright start it was a trialist, operating on the left wing, who opened the scoring for the Clarets just six minutes in.

His pressure retained the ball before producing a step-over to beat the full back and cannoning a drive in off the far post.

With the first half lacking any real clear-cut chances, Luke Conlan’s overhead kick was worth a note.

Lowe’s initial free-kick was deflected off the wall to loop goalwards and Conlan got there before the goalkeeper, only to slice his acrobatic kick wide from eight-yards.

And following a sedate opening 45 minutes, the the second was action packed.

Lowe’s wonderful cross into the centre of the box was headed inches wide by the rushing Jamie Frost on the hour mark.

A minute later Frost had another golden chance that went begging. This time Jackson’s ball across the goal was touched wide by the forward.

The Clarets could have rued those chances as three minutes later the hosts were level.

A deep ball from the right was volleyed into the floor and the freak bounce looped over Daniel Nizic, who had no chance.

However, Nike held the lead for just two minutes.

Christian Hill’s quick throw-in found Frost in the box and as the striker rolled his marker, he was felled for a clear spot kick.

And midfielder Lowe, who made his first start since occurring an ankle injury, confidently made no mistake from the spot, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Burnley: Nizic; Trialist, Anderson, Whitmore, Conlan; Jackson (Massanka 69), Wilson (Daly 65), Lowe, Trialist (Hill 65); Frost, Hill.

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